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Ruth Ketteringham Collection

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The Ruth Ketteringham Collection consists of materials that Ruth Ketteringham collected over the many years that she researched Brooklyn-Centre and other areas of Cleveland, Ohio.

Ruth Ketteringham (1906-2006), daughter of George Ketteringham, was devoted to preserving the history of the area. Her research was extensive and allowed her the ability to lecture on various aspects of Brooklyn-Centre.

Ruth was the recipient of the Herrick Memorial Award in 1990. An honor awarded by the Early Settler's Association to individuals who have promoted and brought honor to Cleveland.[1]

Upon Ruth's death at the age of 99 in 2006, her books[2] were donated to the Cleveland Public Library's History Department; four or five file cabinet's worth of papers[3] were donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society (though it isn't known at this time in 2009 whether they have been cataloged and added to their main collection); and two boxes of material were saved from the trash by the Brooklyn Centre Community Association.


Gallery Section

The following are galleries of historical pictures from the Ruth Ketteringham Collection:

Gallery #1 - Vintage Images

These images are organized roughly by date.

Gallery #2 - Churches

Gallery #3 - People

Gallery #4 - Houses

The addresses for these images have not yet been identified.

Gallery #5 - Newspaper Articles

Gallery #6 - Architect drawings

Gallery #7 - Post-1980's Images

These images are organized by address.


Additional Information



  1. News and Events of the Early Settlers Association
  2. All of Ruth Ketteringham's books can be found in the Cleveland Main Library and were cataloged by Mr. Michael Ruffing. He can be contacted at the History Department (216-623-2864)
  3. Ruth Ketterinham's files were donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society. Check with Anne Sindelar
  4. Cleveland City Planning Commission Designated Landmarks

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